Francis J. Beckwith : biography
Francis J. "Frank" Beckwith (born 1960) is an American philosopher, Christian apologist, scholar, and lecturer who is currently an associate professor of Church-State Studies at Baylor University as well as associate director of the J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies. Beckwith works in the areas of social ethics, applied ethics, legal philosophy, and the philosophy of religion.
Beckwith has defended the pro-life position on abortion - Accessed December 15, 2007 and the constitutional permissibility of the teaching of intelligent design in public schools. - Accessed December 15, 2007 Beckwith is a former fellow at the Discovery Institute - Accessed December 15, 2007 the "hub of the intelligent design movement"; - Accessed December 15, 2007 and a former member of the advisory board for the Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness Center. IDEA Center staff. Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness. As of late 2007, he is a fellow at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity (CBHD);, The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and a professor at Baylor's Institute for the Studies of Religion (ISR)., Baylor University In 2007 Beckwith converted to Roman Catholicism from Evangelicalism.
Intelligent design and the Discovery Institute
Beckwith states that he is not an intelligent design advocate, and his interests lie in the legal and cultural questions raised by the movement., Francis J. Beckwith, Academe, May June 2005 Beckwith has stated that although he is sympathetic to the intelligent design movement he thinks they mistakenly accept "the modern idea that an Enlightenment view of science is the paradigm of knowledge." Critics of intelligent design, such as Barbara Forrest, consider Beckwith a proponent., Matthew J. Brauer, Barbara Forrest, Steven G. Gey, Washington University Law Quarterly, Volume 83, Number 1, 2005. (PDF file) Beckwith often speaks on the legal permissibility of teaching intelligent design in public school science classes, arguing that it is legally permissible and arguing against the ruling in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District that intelligent design is essentially religious in nature, a form of creationism, and thus its teaching as science in public schools violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. He provided much of the legal reasoning and justification behind the claim of the Discovery Institute that intelligent design is not a religious belief and maintains that the religious motives of the policy's supporters, which he says the judge in the case relied on, should have no bearing on assessing the constitutionality of the policy, since a motive is a belief and the federal courts have, in other contexts, forbidden the government's assessing of beliefs., Marilyn Stewart. Baptist Press, February 13, 2006 Francis Beckwith. Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Winter/Spring 2006. Beckwith is closely tied to the Discovery Institute intelligent design campaigns, both from his arguments and writings being often repeated and promoted by the Discovery Institute, Discovery Institute and by receiving support from the Institute during his tenure controversy. John West. Discovery Institute's EvolutionNews.org, March 28, 2006 John West Discovery Institute's EvolutionNews.org, March 28, 2006 Robert Crowther. Discovery Institute's EvolutionNews.org, April 5, 2006 John West. Discovery Institute's EvolutionNews.org, September 5, 2006 Beckwith endorsed fellow Discovery Institute Fellow Richard Weikart's controversial book, From Darwin to Hitler, Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics and Racism in Germany. Richard Weikart. In it, Weikart makes the contentious claim that acceptance of evolution, which he his fellow Discovery Institute colleagues term "Darwinism," led directly to atrocities committed by the Nazi Party and Adolf Hitler and specifically The Holocaust.
Other Relevant Sources
- Kenneth D. Boa and Robert M. Bowman, Faith Has Its Reasons: An Integrative Approach to Defending Christianity (Colorado Springs: NAV Press, 2001), pp. 214–217.
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